Cavs take commanding 3-0 lead in series over Raptors
He was on the active list but only because it had to be submitted an hour before tipoff and the Raptors held out hope he would be able to play at that point.
The Raptors called Lowry active despite not starting him, but once youngster Delon Wright checked in for starter Cory Joseph it was apparent that Lowry wouldn’t be playing. James had eight rebounds and seven assists. Thompson grabbed 12. Their 25 caroms matched the entire Toronto team.
The Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points, but was unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit. He looked himself for the first time in the series – getting opportunities, drawing fouls and vaulting over his defenders to hit jumpers in a 13-point quarter.
In a display of just how comfortable the Cavs are feeling against the Raps, LeBron James took his time on a corner 3-pointer during Game 2, spinning the ball twice as he mulled his options against Serge Ibaka.
Lowry suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Norman Powell in Game 2 of the Raptors’ NBA Eastern Conference semifinal against the Cavs.
The Raptors led 52-49 at the intermission and were led by 21 points from DeRozan. Instead of going with his usual LeBron James-led group, one that includes floor-spacing big man Channing Frye at center, Lue went swapped in Tristan Thompson for Frye.
Two nights earlier, James shot a three-pointer over Toronto shot-blocker Ibaka, but not before pausing to spin the ball twice in his hands, as if he was lining up to shoot a free throw. “We just play the game the right way, and we try to do that on a consistent level”. He went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 14 points.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker’s season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away. Cleveland outscored Toronto 20-3 to start the fourth quarter and the crowd in Air Canada Centre fell silent.
The Cavaliers in comparison were red hot from the field in the first period – hitting 12 of 17 from the floor including a ideal 5 of 5 from beyond the arc.
James (5,777 points) now only trails Michael Jordan (5,987), the player to whom he has been compared since he was a teenager, for the most points in postseason history. And going back to the Cavs’ rally in the National Basketball Association finals, Cleveland has won 10 consecutive playoff games. The selflessness just starts to go throughout the team, and we all start to feel really good.
The 3-0 hole the Raptors find themselves in is the first since they were victims of a sweep two years ago in the first round in Washington. That’s the point disparity from 3-point range between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors in this series. Tucker, Patrick Patterson and more as the direction of the Raptors has become ever unclear with a disheartening three games against the LeBron James & Co.
The San Antonio Spurs have the advantage in their Western Conference tussle with the Houston Rockets after a 103-92 win saw them take a 2-1 lead in the series.
“Sunday’s game is about pride”, Casey said. He averages 32.7 points in games after sub-10 point performance, and was true to form, shooting 12 for 23 and making all 13 free throw attempts. Ariza totaled 17 points but had two after the intermission.